S E M I N A R
TO COMMEMORATE THE MARTYRDOM OF
I M A M A L I (a.s.)
SUNDAY 5th JULY 2015 – 2:00 PM
VENUE – RUDOLF STEINER HOUSE
35 PARK ROAD, LONDON NW1 6XT
Opposite Mumtaz Restaurant
Tube station: Baker Street
Chair: Gulamabbas Murtaza Lakha, CFA
Gulamabbas graduated as an economist and worked as a global investment strategist at a large fund management company in the UK and US for many years before establishing his own investment business about a decade ago. As such, he brings his professional experience to seek practical applications of Islam in the West. His religious training includes Masters degrees from the Islamic College in London and the University of Oxford. He is currently undertaking research in Arabic and classical Islam at Oxford, having also been appointed as a Graduate Ambassador. He is interested in how personal development from the Islamic teachings can be applied to 21st century Britain and has served as a zakir across the UK and on television for the last five years.
Dr. Reza Shah-Kazemi
Blessing the Prophet, Remembering God: Understanding al-Salat ‘ala’n-Nabi through Imam Ali’s Teachings on the Holy Qur’an
Dr. Reza Shah-Kazemi studied International Relations and Politics at Sussex and Exeter Universities before obtaining his PhD in Comparative Religion from the University of Kent in 1994. Formerly a Consultant to the Institute for Policy Research in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Dr Shah-Kazemi is at present a Research Fellow with the Department of Academic Research and Publications where he is Managing Editor of Encyclopaedia Islamica, the English translation and edition of the on-going multi-volume Persian Great Islamic Encyclopaedia (Da’irat al-Ma’arif-i Buzurg-i Islami). He has authored several works, including most recently The Spirit of Tolerance in Islam (IIS/IB Tauris, 2012); Spiritual Quest: Reflections on Qur’anic Prayer according to the teachings of Imam ‘Ali (IIS/IB Tauris, 2011); and Common Ground Between Islam and Buddhism (Fons Vitae, 2010).
Rays of Light, Ways to God: Dhikru’llah and the Spiritual Journey in the tafsir ascribed to Imam Ja`far
Farhana Mayer received her BA and MA in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Oxford, specialising in Sufi commentaries on the Qur’an. Her subjects include Qur’an, scriptural exegesis (tafsir), Sufism and Shari‘a. Farhana has lectured on Sufism at the Institute of Ismaili Studies and School of Oriental and African Studies and previously worked at the Islamic Texts Society, Cambridge, and before that for the al-Furqan Foundation as a researcher on the catalogues of West African Arabic manuscripts. Her recent publications include an annotated translation of arguably the earliest extant mystical commentary on the Qur’an, entitled: Spiritual Gems: The Mystical Qur'an Commentary Ascribed by the Sufis to Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq and An Anthology of Qur'anic Commentaries: Volume 1: On the Nature of the Divine (co-authored with F.Hamza and S.Rizvi).
AN OPEN INVITATION
PLEASE BE SEATED BY 2:00 PM
ORGANISER & SPONSOR: THE AHMED FAMILY - C/O MUHAMMADI TRUST (020 8452 1739)